Pacific earns 16 All-NWC picks
Repeat first team honors for offensive lineman Sean Dalton and wide receiver Jordan Fukumoto led 16 Pacific selections to the 2013 All-Northwest Conference Football Team.
The all-star team, selected by the leagues coaches, was announced last week. Dalton was named to the first team for the second consecutive season while Fukumoto, a 2011 first team selection, returned after missing most of the 2012 season due to injury.
The pair joins five second team selections and nine honorable mention picks. Pacifics second teamers include kicker Moses Villareal-Gomez, defensive linemen Sean Bangs and Devin Lagorio, cornerback Brandon Harms and safety Bryan Mills. Pacifics honorable mention list included quarterbacks T.C. Campbell and P.J. Minaya, running backs Deven McKinney and Gunther Schultze, wide receiver Jakob Lawrence, offensive lineman Eric Gietzen, punter Aaron Koford, linebacker Tim Hastie and defensive lineman Alex Willeford.
Pacific football has made great strides in our first four years of competition, said Pacific head coach Keith Buckley. Our improvement as a program has been led by the young men recognized by the opposing coaches in the conference.
FG senior shines at BorderClash
Geremia Lizier-Zmudzinki got the chance to test himself against some top-flight competition on Saturday.
The Forest Grove senior placed 44th of 78 finishers in BorderClash 15, an annual cross-country meet that pits the top Oregon and Washington high school runners against each other in a battle for state supremacy at the Nike world headquarters near Beaverton. Forty boys and 40 girls from each state qualified for BorderClash based on their finishes at their respective high school state meets earlier this fall.
In celebration of the 15th edition of the event, the boys and girls races were staged at night, with lights guiding participants on the course around the Nike campus and lighting up the start/finish area at Renaldo Field.
Matthew Maton, a junior from Summit High School in Bend, won the boys race, covering the 4,387-meter course in 13 minutes, 28 seconds. Two Washington runners followed Maton.
Lizier-Zmudzinski, who took third place in the Class 6A boys race at the Oregon state meet on Nov. 2, was timed in 14:41. He was the 13th runner from Oregon to cross the finish line.
Alexa Efraimson, a junior at Washingtons Camas High School and one of the top female prep distance runners in the country, won the girls race in 15:43.
Shipley runs well at NCAA meet
Pacific sophomore Tyler Shipley performed well at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, held Saturday at the L.S. Ayers Athletic Complex in Hanover, Ind.
Shipley finished in 164th place, covering the 8,000- meter course in a time of 26 minutes, 21.3 seconds. He was the No. 2 runner from the Northwest Conference to cross the finish line and the No. 10 runner from the West Region.
It was a great season, and although he is disappointed in the race today it was much better than 2012 and he was in good position early, Pacific head coach Tim Boyce said. Were proud of him as always. He represented the Boxers well during this cross-country campaign and will be back better than ever.
Check back next week for a more in-depth story about Shipleys trip to nationals.